Grad Profiles ➣ Class of 2018
Maryville’s 145th Commencement ceremony was held May 6. Here, we introduce some of the University’s newest alumni who represent a spectrum of degree programs. From a teacher who wants students of color to see someone like themselves and feel empowered in her classroom, to a game designer who combines his problem-solving and graphic design skills in surprising and complex ways, to an actuary who already exceeds professional expectations, their unique stories are compelling and inspiring.
Deisy Avellaneda, ’18
Early Childhood and Elementary Education
Deisy Avellaneda,’18, was 24 years old when she transferred from a Houston college to Maryville’s early childhood and elementary education program. Avellaneda arrived in St. Louis with her fiancée, her 2-year-old daughter, Isabella, and big dreams.
Michael Treis, ’18
Interactive Design: Game Design
Michael Treis, ’18, has overcome a few challenges on his way to earning a BFA in interactive design—and he’s looking for more. After starting out in bio-medical and computer sciences at another university, Treis switched career paths and earned an associate degree in graphic design.
Ellen Foster and Fernando Molina, ’18
Rawlings Sport Business Management
Fernando Molina, ’18, completed an internship through Maryville University working at the 2016 Senior PGA Championship in Benton Harbor, Michigan. Another student who walked across the Commencement stage with a job waiting for her is Ellen Foster, ’18, a former Saints basketball and track star.